This article, written by Elizabeth Rogers, was originally posted on the "Waterloo Stories" page of the University of Waterloo web site. What can you do with an Arts degree? Two Waterloo grads combined their technical and creative skills to start a successful video production company. Drafting story boards, crafting the perfect shot and hanging out of a helicopter - it’s all in a day’s work for Arc Media Inc., a boutique video production company launched

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On a rainy Friday morning in the high-tech FELT lab, Matt Neill, 21, is nervous. One of the MicroTiles used in his retail digital display was giving him grief. Stubbornly, it refused to display its allotted digital content. Neill, a third-year student in University of Waterloo’s Rhetoric and Professional Writing program with a specialization in digital media studies, fiddles with wires, reboots the computer and finally resorts to unplugging it. Ten seconds later, he plugs

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Since September 2012, REAP has been working with professionals in the community to develop projects involving interactive digital display technology. I caught up with REAP Professional and professional artist, Amy Ferrari, and REAP Professional Marco Ferrari to speak to them about their experiences with the emerging technologies at the Felt Lab. Amy’s work has been displayed at REAP on several of the technologies in the Felt Lab: from being a background on a GestureTek Cube,

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LifeBack Interactive started with REAP as undergraduate students from the University of Waterloo in the early days of the REAP initiative. REAP graduates Matt Neill, Samantha Estoesta  and Paul Goodwin came together around a project that resulted in the creation of their app, Master. The recently launched Master allows the user to record and organize audio notes, and annotate them with text and photos.

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REAP Professionals are mid-career professionals who bring ideas, energy, mentorship, and skills into the Felt lab. As a living lab, Felt attracts professionals who want to collaborate with each other and with students while exploring innovative idea and developing new skills. REAP professionals come to us from many different sectors: IT, design, communication, marketing, and the creative arts. In the spirit of innovation, REAP Professionals develop prototypes and new business models focused on interactive digital

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The Region is famous for its three powerhouse educational institutions – University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, and Conestoga College – which, combined, attract tens of thousands of smart, highly trained, and innovative students from around the globe each year. And yet, only a fraction of those students choose to live, play, and work in the Region after they complete their degree. The question is: how directly does the Region benefit from retaining post-secondary talent?

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REAP’s own Bob Rushby – Innovator in Residence – was invited to present at the Thought Leadership Summit on May 16, 2013 in London, the UK. This one day summit is held in conjunction with the NEC Solutions Showcase. Bob talked about how megapixels (millions of pixels) – and soon, gigapixel (a billion pixels) – are poised to transform our world. Soon, we may have large-format displays that will revolutionize how we communicate information, entertain,

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